Category Archives: Management

Marine Protected Area Overviews Now Available Online

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MPA Overview sheet

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife would like to announce a new outreach and education tool for California’s marine protected areas (MPAs). Each MPA now has its own “MPA Overview” sheet, which succinctly summarizes site-specific information including key habitats, maps, regulations, MPA goals and objectives, and related links (see example). The double-sided MPA Overview sheets provide a snapshot of each MPA and are a great resource for quickly “getting to know an MPA,” accessing regulations, and developing partner outreach products. MPA Overview sheets are available for viewing Continue reading

Maps — Essential Tools for Understanding the Boundaries of California’s Marine Protected Areas

CDFW maps, guidebooks, brochures, and web applicationsWith the creation or revision of over 100 marine protected areas (MPAs) in California since 2007, determining where MPA boundaries begin or end can be a challenge for the casual, infrequent angler and the seasoned mariner alike. Fortunately, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) produces a multitude of products to help everyone find their way while enjoying the State’s bounty of natural marine resources. Continue reading

Fishing Regulations for Pacific Bluefin Tuna Slated to Change in Summer 2015

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School of Pacific bluefin tuna

At its April 8, 2015 meeting, the California Fish and Game Commission adopted a reduced two-fish recreational daily bag limit for Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as well as new requirements for filleting tuna on vessels south of Point Conception. These regulation changes will conform to new federal regulations and become effective when published in the California Regulatory Notice Register this summer. CDFW anticipates that federal and state regulations will have the same effective date when the final federal rule is published. These recreational fishing regulation changes complement reductions in commercial catch allowances reached through international treaty agreement with the U.S. and other treaty nations. Continue reading

CDFW Celebrates More Than 10 Years of Improvements to the California Recreational Fisheries Survey

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California Recreational Fisheries Survey sampler Bonnie Brown measures fish and records data

For over ten years, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has worked to improve the California Recreational Fisheries Survey (CRFS) to provide the best possible estimates for management of California’s marine recreational fisheries.

CRFS was implemented in 2004 and was built upon its predecessor, the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS), which was conducted from 1980 to 2003. MRFSS was a groundbreaking survey of saltwater recreational fishing effort and catch in its time, but it did not always meet the needs of managing California’s dynamic fisheries. Continue reading

Remotely Operated Vehicle Provides a Deep Water Window into California’s MPAs

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Copper rockfish and red gorgonian coral, Anacapa Island State Marine Reserve

Throughout 2014, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) engaged in deep-water habitat surveys off the California coast using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). MARE’s ROV Beagle was deployed twice in Southern California and once in northern California, kicking off an unprecedented three-year, statewide survey of marine protected areas (MPAs) and nearby, comparable rocky habitats. Continue reading